Local roundup: Chester leaves LHU baseball coaching job

SUBMITTED PHOTO Tyler Leeser of Milton signed a letter-of-intent this week to the track team at Virginia Tech. In front with Tyler are parents Janice and Tom, also his head coach. In back are Milton athletic director Rod Harris, coach Johnathan Dick, and principal Andrew Rantz.

After three seasons as the head baseball coach at Lock Haven , Jim Chester has stepped down from the position to accept the head coaching duties at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.

Chester was named LHU’s head coach in August 2014 and spent three seasons at the helm of the Bald Eagle program. In those three season, Chester turned around the program and most notably, helped LHU to a historic 2017 season.

During the 2017 season this past spring – Chester’s third as head coach – LHU recorded a school-record 32 wins and qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time in eight years.

Chester played a vital role in helping guide three players to the professional ranks following the 2017 season including pitcher Jacob Belinda who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of June’s MLB Draft.

• In soccer, Bucknell sophomore Nick King was elected to the Academic All-Patriot League team. Playing as a midfielder King had four goals and two assists for the Bison. In the classroom King holds a 3.53 GPA while studying in the biomedical engineering major. He has been awarded twice to the Third Team All-Patroit League the past two seasons, and has eight goals and nine assists in his career.

Lycoming goalkeeper, Chris Solecki earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for his contributions on the field and in the classroom. Solecki holds the lowest goals against average in Lycoming history at 0.53 this season. The junior is studying anatomy and physiology in the biology major. Solecki helped lead the Warriors to 18 wins while converting 64 saves on the season with a .865 save percentage and seven shutouts.